School district ready to make the grade
With the release of the Mississippi Department of Education’s accountability data, the Tunica County School District is staring at a D at the top of its test paper.
Superintendent Steve Chandler said just like grades in the classroom, the new scale used to measure districts and schools ranges from A through F. Chandler said it provides a model everyone is familiar with and gives the community a clear picture of “where (the district) stands.” Grades are based on performance in state assessments and growth standards, with completion requirements also playing a part for the high school and the district itself.
Pick and Roll
Cotton modules are beginning to crop up all over the county with the harvest officially underway.
Town wards adjusted
The town of Tunica’s Alternate 1 plan for redistricting was submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice for pre-clearance on August 21. Town officials expect a response from DOJ in about 60 days, well in advance of next summer’s municipal election.
Local fire departments see funding decline
Both the Tunica Fire Department, which offers fire protection to approximately two-thirds of Tunica County and the town of Tunica, and North Tunica Fire Department, which covers the rest of the county, will receive less funding in the next fiscal year due to a decrease in the assessed value of county property.
According to town officials, Tunica County assesses a quarter mill tax for fire protection. In years past, that quarter mill of tax proceeds went solely to the Tunica Fire Department. Then, 15 years ago, the North Tunica Fire Protection District was created to serve North Tunica County, including local casino resorts and apartment complexes. That quarter mill began to be split 80-20 between TFD and the North Tunica department.
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